On October 29, Saturday Night Live held its annual Halloween episode, with Jack Harlow welcome and serve as a musical guest. Still, it was a surprise appearance from a fan-favorite sketch character that had fans in an uproar.
Five years after the last time fans saw tom hank playing David S. Pumpkins on screen in The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Speciala half-hour animated show released in 2017, Hanks returned to the character as a cameo on the 2022 Halloween episode.
In one episode segment, three people, played by Harlow, Ego Nwodimand Andrew Dismukestake a spooky ride called Cell Block 666, which leads the group through different cells that feature well-known horror movie characters.
That is until they come across Pumpkins and his two skeleton friends, played by Bobby Moynihan and Mikey day.
Hanks once again fully embodies Pumpkins’ weird charm, saying, “I’m David Pumpkins, and I’m going to scare you.” After the trio do their signature dance, Pumpkins asks the riders, “Any questions?”
The three people in Cell Block 666 are confused about Pumpkins, who keeps appearing on the ride as they go.
During the episode of Saturday Night Liveyou can hear live audiences loving Pumpkins’ surprise appearance, and fans elsewhere had the same reaction.
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Hanks and Moynihan appeared earlier in the episode, leading fans watching live to wonder if Pumpkins was finally returning. One fan said, “BOBBY IS BACK. WE DEFINITELY GET A DAVID S. PUMPKINS.”
Well, they were right, and people were thrilled when it finally happened.
One fan wrote, “David S. Pumpkins is love. David S. Pumpkins is life. #SNL.”
Another argued that “david s. pumpkins are the reason for the season”, and they might be right.
Rather than say how they felt in words, one fan posted a reaction gif with the text “see Mr. David S. Pumpkins in an SNL skit in 2022”.
With perhaps the cutest surprise reaction, one person shared a photo of their two nephews dressed as pumpkins and one of the skeletons for Halloween, writing, “My nephews will be thrilled to see the return tonight of David S Pumpkins on #snl!”